What’s different about Managed Futures

April - 2020

Managed futures strategies are bi-directional

CTAs can take long or short positions and potentially profit from declines in equity and bond markets. The ability to go short generates a different return profile from long-only investing but short positions will not always generate gains for CTAs.

Managed futures is multi-asset

CTAs typically trade a range of financial, commodity and foreign exchange markets and potentially benefit from trends in these markets. Trading across multiple markets will also contribute to a different return profile than long-only investing in one market such as equities.

Most CTAs use systematic approaches

A large proportion of CTAs adopt systematic strategies which have been tested for validity on historical data. In contrast, many bond and equity investment managers make investment decisions on a discretionary basis.

Managed futures tends to perform best when there are strong trends in markets

The drivers of returns for most Trendfollowing CTAs are the trends exhibited in the markets they trade. Periods when there are strong trends in markets (either up or down) have historically been periods of strong performance for managed futures. In contrast, the performance of equities and bonds tends to be linked more to particular economic environments (for example, positive equity market performance tends to be linked to rising earnings growth) rather than the number or extent of trends across markets*.

*CTAs may not generate positive performance in any given market environment.

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